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April 10, 2014
12:25 EDTBBBY, GM, IMPV, RAD, EBAY, RT, ALLYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite U.S. jobless claims dropping to their lowest level since 2007. Stocks began the session slightly lower following disappointing trade data from China, but the market seemed to briefly try and make a move into positive territory shortly after the opening bell. The attempt was short circuited when the tech-heavy Nasdaq began to weaken and the averages have continued to drift lower throughout the morning, leaving the Nasdaq down more than 2% near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to 300K last week, hitting their lowest weekly level since May 2007. However, many discounted the figure, which can be volatile around March and April due to the timing of Passover and Easter, as well as other seasonal factors. Export prices rose 0.8% in March, while import prices grew 0.6%, both of which were greater than expected advances. In China, exports fell 6.6% from a year earlier in March, while imports plunged 11.3%. Economists had predicted year-over-year gains for both. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of eBay (EBAY) fell over 2.5% after the online marketplace operator struck a deal with noted investor Carl Icahn to end his proxy contest before the company’s upcoming annual meeting. The company agreed to Icahn’s suggestion to appoint David Dorman, a founding partner of Centerview Capital Technology, as an independent director and Icahn withdrew both his proposal to separate the company’s PayPal business and his two nominees to the company’s board... Shares of Ally Financial (ALLY), which was formerly the auto finance and financial services arm of General Motors (GM), were lower in their first day of trading following the company's return to the public markets. The Treasury Department, which had been Ally’s majority shareholder after rescuing it during the 2008 financial crisis, raised $2.38 billion by selling 95M shares at $25.00. General Motors made news again as well by confirming that two of its engineers have been placed on paid leave as part of the company's ongoing ignition switch recall probe. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were drugstore operator Rite Aid (RAD), which rose 10% and casual restaurant owner Ruby Tuesday (RT), which gained 13%. Among the noteworthy losers was home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), which dropped over 6% after the company's first quarter profit outlook significantly trailed analysts' consensus estimate and the stock was downgraded to Neutral at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Also lower were shares of data security solutions provider Imperva (IMPV), which plunged 41% after the company slashed its first quarter profit and sales outlook and the stock was downgraded at both Deutsche Bank and Oppenheimer. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 124.91, or 0.76%, to 16,312.27, the Nasdaq was down 92.72, or 2.22%, to 4,091.18, and the S&P 500 was down 21.90, or 1.17%, to 1,850.28.
News For EBAY;GM;ALLY;RAD;BBBY;RT;IMPV From The Last 14 Days
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September 1, 2015
06:44 EDTEBAYStubHub reverses course on 'all-in' pricing, WSJ reports
StubHub, a unit of eBay, is returning to its old system of adding 15%-17% to its ticket fees, shifting from its "all-in" pricing platform, the Wall Street Journal reports. StubHub's market share has declined heavily due to negative reaction to the pricing change as well as a new crop of competitors, the report says. Reference Link
August 31, 2015
16:28 EDTGMGeneral Motors union members approve strike authorization
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16:10 EDTIMPVStephens to hold a tour
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07:08 EDTGMFiat Chrysler CEO not giving up on GM merger talks, Automotive News reports
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05:52 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMBA RAD
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Ambarella (AMBA) 82, Rite Aid (RAD) 53 according to iVolatility.
August 30, 2015
14:34 EDTEBAYPayPal shares could gain 40% as e-commerce grows, Barron's says
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August 28, 2015
11:32 EDTGMFederal government to team with tech companies for tech hub, Venture Beat says
The Obama administration will make an announcement later today that will establish a flexible hybrid electronics hub in Silicon Valley, reports Venture Beat. The administration will partner with 162 companies that include Apple (AAPL), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Boeing (BA), General Motors (GM) and others. Both the Department of Defense and this private consortium will look to enhance the U.S.'s standing in "next-generation bendable and wearable electronic devices." Reference Link
August 26, 2015
16:26 EDTGMMajor automakers sued over allegedly 'deadly' keyless technology, Reuters says
A number of automakers have been named in a lawsuit alleging that keyless ignition technology can lead to "deadly" results due to carbon monoxide poisoning from cars left running under the belief that engines will automatically switch off, reports Reuters. Defendants include General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Honda (HMC), Hyundai (HYMLF), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM), Volkswagen (VLKAY), BMW (BAMXY), and Daimler's (DDAIF) Mercedes Benz, said Reuters. According to the plaintiffs, the carmakers had "actual knowledge" of the so-called risks and could have prevented 13 deaths and numerous injuries. Reference Link
13:42 EDTGMTrueCar says 'on plan' to hit 17.2M U.S. vehicle forecast for 2015
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13:19 EDTGMTrueCar says daily auto sales pace up 0.9% for August, with 17.4M SAAR
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August 24, 2015
19:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors ends two-week strike in Brazil, Reuters says
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17:50 EDTGMGeneral Motors denies 3944 of 4343 ignition switch claims
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14:21 EDTIMPVJMP Securities says pullback in Palo Alto a buying opportunity
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09:45 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:18 EDTGMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:36 EDTIMPVIT security outlook still positive, says Pacific Crest
After attending a conference and analyzing IT security companies' Q2 results, Pacific Crest is more confident that IT security spending trends will continue to be strong. The firm identifies Barracuda (CUDA), Imperva (IMPV) and Palo Alto (PANW) as its favorite names in the space.
08:11 EDTEBAYeBay Motors partners with Assurant to extend warranties on purchase
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08:04 EDTGMGeneral Motors coverage resumed with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:14 EDTGMGM recalling 59,474 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles
GM is recalling 59,474 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles manufactured January 4, 2010, to June 23, 2010. The affected vehicles may be equipped with an improperly routed Side-Impact Sensor wiring harness in the driver side front door. The misrouted wiring harness could cause an electrical short that disables the driver side curtain air bag. A disabled driver side roof-rail air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of that air bag, increasing the risk of injury to the driver.
August 23, 2015
18:23 EDTGMGM, Volkswagen slow production at Chinese factories, WSJ says
Auto manufacturers including General Motors (GM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY) appear to be running their Chinese factories at less than maximum capacity for the first time, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing industry data. The numbers suggest that a "bumpier ride" may be in store for multinationals that counted on Chinese demand, said the report. "The situation seems worse than that of 2008," remarked an engineer working at GM's Shanghai plant. Reference Link
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